Educate & Plant: Empower 400 Bolivian Women

by Aktion Sodis e.V.
Educate & Plant: Empower 400 Bolivian Women
Educate & Plant: Empower 400 Bolivian Women
Educate & Plant: Empower 400 Bolivian Women
Educate & Plant: Empower 400 Bolivian Women
Educate & Plant: Empower 400 Bolivian Women
Educate & Plant: Empower 400 Bolivian Women
Educate & Plant: Empower 400 Bolivian Women
Educate & Plant: Empower 400 Bolivian Women
Educate & Plant: Empower 400 Bolivian Women
Educate & Plant: Empower 400 Bolivian Women
Educate & Plant: Empower 400 Bolivian Women
Educate & Plant: Empower 400 Bolivian Women
Educate & Plant: Empower 400 Bolivian Women
Educate & Plant: Empower 400 Bolivian Women
Educate & Plant: Empower 400 Bolivian Women
Educate & Plant: Empower 400 Bolivian Women
Educate & Plant: Empower 400 Bolivian Women
Educate & Plant: Empower 400 Bolivian Women
Educate & Plant: Empower 400 Bolivian Women
Educate & Plant: Empower 400 Bolivian Women
Educate & Plant: Empower 400 Bolivian Women
Educate & Plant: Empower 400 Bolivian Women

At the end of the year, the new Tara seedlings were delivered to the families at the end of November. 1500 seedlings were distributed to families from 15 villages. The number of participating families has increased by 13 families to a total of 196. In addition, the training series in the ECAs has been completed in the first villages. All residents of these villages who were interested in the trainings have already received them. 

With the end of 2021, the Qhari Warmi project phase also ended and the new Khuska Purispa project phase has begun. In this phase, we are focusing our work on strengthening the role of women in Micani. In addition, we are increasingly focusing on supporting not only the cultivation of tare, but also other entrepreneurial endeavours. 

To this end, we have set up a community fund from which families receive a certain amount of money to start their own business. After two years, this amount has to be paid back if the business is profitable. In December, the first six families were paid out and subsequently started their own businesses. Two families now keep pigs, two have opened a shop or a bakery and the last two families sell SIM cards. Payments to more families are planned for the coming months.

(German)

Zum Abschluss des Jahres erfolgte Ende November wieder die Auslieferung der neuen Tara-Setzlinge an die Familien. Es wurden 1500 Setzlinge an Familien aus 15 Dörfern verteilt. Die Zahl der teilnehmenden Familien hat sich dabei um 13 Familien auf jetzt insgesamt 196 erhöht. Darüber hinaus ist die Schulungsreihe in den ECAs in den ersten Dörfern abgeschlossen. Alle Bewohner dieser Dörfer, die an den Schulungen interessiert waren, haben diese auch bereits erhalten. 

Mit dem Ende des Jahres 2021 endete außerdem die Projektphase Qhari Warmi und die neue Projektphase Khuska Purispa hat begonnen. In dieser legen wir den Fokus unserer Arbeit auf die Stärkung der Rolle der Frauen in Micani. Zudem fokussieren wir uns verstärkt darauf nicht nur den Anbau von Tara, sondern auch andere unternehmerische Bestrebungen zu unterstützen. 

Dazu haben wir einen Community Fund eingerichtet, aus dem Familien einen bestimmten Geldbetrag erhalten, um damit ihr eigenes Unternehmen zu starten. Nach Ablauf von zwei Jahren muss dieser Betrag zurückgezahlt werden, sofern das Unternehmen Gewinne abwirft. Noch im Dezember erfolgte eine Auszahlung an die ersten sechs Familien, die im Anschluss ein eigenes Unternehmen gegründet haben. Zwei Familien halten jetzt Schweine, zwei haben ein Geschäft bzw. eine Bäckerei eröffnet und die letzten beiden Familien verkaufen SIM-Karten. Für die kommenden Monate ist eine Auszahlung an weitere Familien geplant.

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Tara seedlings
Tara seedlings

Bolivia is characterized by strongly defined rain and dry seasons. 

During the dry season, almost all communities are accessible. During this time, a variety of workshops on gender equality, small business administration and other topics empower families and especially women in Micani.

The Tara seedlings are planted at the beginning of the rainy season. This year, another 4500 seedlings are set to be planted. The preparations consist of year-long workshops and logistic planning for this planting campaign. Our team on site has already taken all preparations and is ready for the planting campaign this November.

It is most important that the families have first-hand knowledge of how to plant the seedings and how to take care of the plants. Although most theoretical knowledge are passed on during the workshops, the practical knowhow is learnt by doing. This way, families and entire communities can pass on this knowledge and empower others.

During the rainy season, some communities are not accessible due to rising river levels. Micani’s population relies on consistent rainy seasons for farming. Therefore populations such as these are the ones most impacted by climate change. 

By cultivating Tara Plants, women can generate income through a small business. In this small business, women are in an equal position as their male counterparts, making gender equality even in rural Bolivia a reality.

There is still a long way to go, but with your support Bolivia is one step closer to a gender equal future.

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In the past three months, a lot has happened in the project. The trainings in the Escuelas de
Campo continued as before. In the meantime, about 473 families are taking part in these
trainings. And 183 families from 16 villages are involved in the cultivation of Tara. In
addition, we were able to carry out a detailed monitoring of the project's progress and the
situation in the families for the first time. For this purpose, a questionnaire was developed in
advance and with the help of the monitoring app developed by Aktion Sodis, the survey was
then carried out on site.


In addition, a community fund was set up to provide financial support to families who want
to start their own business.


In our project work in Germany, we have also been focusing more on the issue of gender
equality in recent weeks and are developing a strategy to achieve our goals in this regard. In
the course of this, we also held an extensive workshop with our partner organisation to
ensure that our ideas on this topic are the same.


Finally, there was a personnel change at our partner organisation on the ground in Bolivia.
From now on, it is no longer Antonia Oporto but Lily Negrete who is responsible for the
training of the families in the ECAs.

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At the end of the old year, the new seedlings were planted by the families in December, after they had to acclimatise beforehand. Training for these families has continued over the last three months. The small sewing business set up in the summer also continues to operate.

In the last three months, some planning has also taken place at the organisational level regarding the way forward for the project. For example, a procedure was developed for monitoring both the growth and condition of the plants and the successes in terms of equality. The former will be done by the local experts on site and by means of the app developed by Aktion Sodis. The latter will be collected through direct interviews with a representative number of families by the technicians.

In addition, a process has been designed to provide financial support to families to purchase tools and materials. It is envisaged that each family will be provided with an amount in a virtual account from which they can procure materials or tools. They have to pay back this amount later and from the amount paid back, another family is enabled to have a virtual account. For the beginning, 20 so-called model families are to be selected, which are also part of the other projects of Aktion Sodis and are thus to actas role models for the other families.

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As a result of the Corona pandemic and the efforts of Aktion Sodis to promote the implementation of hygiene measures on the ground in Micani, some women have been forced to manufacture face masks.

At the beginning of the operation, eight women were involved, but the number was reduced to four. In total, more than 700 masks were sewn by the women involved. Preparations are also underway for the distribution of the new Tara seedlings.

At the beginning of November, 4500 new Tara seedlings will be delivered by the partner organisation SOCODEVI to Micani, where they will have to acclimatise for a week before being distributed to the families. This will be accompanied by training courses on how to grow the plants with the 120 new families.

For the 34 families who have been growing Tara plants since last year, garden shears have been purchased to enable them to prune the trees for optimal growth.

Tara plant
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